Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2014

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28 Proceedings Spring 2014 multilateral operations and exercises have been conducted since the forum began, as a result of its framework and thanks to the enhanced relationships that have developed among the nations. How it Works Forum work is accomplished during the course of the year by functional area experts from the respective institutions meeting in work groups. The participating countries meet twice annually, once in spring at the staff-level experts meeting, and the other time in fall at the service chief-level summit meeting. While the summit also includes work group meetings, it serves as an opportunity for heads of the respective institutions to meet, provide direction, and affrm the activities of the experts. For example, as a result of the forum, maritime law enforce- ment offcers from the People's Republic of China embark on U.S. Coast Guard cutters where they join the USCG boarding teams for inspections of Chinese fishing vessels. As another exam- ple, both the Japanese Coast Guard and the Since 2000, the North Pacifc Coast Guard Forum has brought together six countries in the North Pacifc — Canada, the Peoples' Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Rus- sia, and the United States — to address issues of mutual con- cern. Since all nations beneft from the secure use of the oceans, they bear a common responsibility for maintaining maritime security by countering threats in this domain. Additionally, as no country has the resources, authorities, and jurisdiction to combat all threats on the North Pacifc, challenges like high-seas drift net fshing, illicit traffcking, and supply chain security are multilateral issues that are best overcome through collaboration. Hence, the North Pacifc Coast Guard Forum fosters mul- tilateral cooperation through established working groups that focus on combined operations, information exchange, combating illicit traffcking, emergency response, maritime security, and fsheries enforcement. Numerous bilateral and In the Spirit of Cooperation The North Pacifc Coast Guard Forum. by Mr. MiChAel ArgÜelles International Affairs Specialist U.S. Coast Guard Pacifc Area Plans, Partnerships, Policies The crew aboard a Chinese fshing vessel tends to fshing nets prior to a Coast Guard cutter law enforcement boarding. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Coast Guard CAPT Diane Durham, right, com- manding offcer of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush, shakes hands with a China Fishery Law Enforce- ment Command offcer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Justin Fields. Spring2014_FINAL.indd 28 3/21/14 11:14 AM

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